When Corey Bober and Zack Smith were undergraduate students at Northeastern, they were always working odd jobs to stay afloat financially. Sometimes they did food deliveries. Other times they worked event security. But no matter what, the experience was always ad hoc and disorganized.
“It was always a very decentralized process,” says Bober, co-founder of Jobble, a company that helps gig workers find work and access benefits. “We’d randomly receive an email about a job, we’d do it, and then weeks later, we’d get a paper check in the mail. That’s how we knew technology could help this process.”
In 2016, Smith and Bober launched Jobble, an app that consolidates short-term contract work opportunities into one easy-to-use database. Today, Jobble has over 5 million users across the United States and over 14,000 partnerships with businesses that advertise job openings on the app. The company currently employs 45 people.
“At the rate we’re growing, we expect to have more than 10 million users by this time next year,” Bober says.